In 2018 and at Supervisor Simitian's urging, the County committed $40 million to build affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults, a County population that has grown over 47% in the past decade. People with developmental disabilities have unique housing and resource needs; this housing includes supportive services specifically for those living with developmental disabilities and will be targeted for those in the very low or extremely low income brackets.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors awarded funding for three housing projects in 2019, one each in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and the City of Santa Clara. In 2020, Supervisor Simitian identified an additional County-owned site in Palo Alto that was coming available. He proposed, and the Board has agreed, to consider using this site for extremely low and very low income housing, which would include specialized units for developmentally disabled adults.
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